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by cavasta
11 Aug 2012, 10:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Free Open University Bike Technology Course
Replies: 1
Views: 749

Free Open University Bike Technology Course

The OU have made one of the units from their 'Sport: the science behind the medals' course available free online. The interactive unit (plenty of videos to watch), which is called 'The science behind wheeled sports' and which they estimate will take about 8 hours to complete, is available here: http...
by cavasta
17 Jun 2012, 8:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trans American West East
Replies: 3
Views: 4146

Re: Trans American West East

Enjoy! I did the same route 10 years ago and still cherish the memories. Keep a journal - either online or hard copy - and force yourself to write an entry at the end of each day, no matter how tired you are. You'll be glad you did in years to come.
by cavasta
1 Jun 2012, 12:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: The perils of night riding - 1878 style
Replies: 7
Views: 4304

Re: The perils of night riding - 1878 style

I prefer to have a "good night's amusement in the dark" :wink:
by cavasta
29 May 2012, 5:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone have a copy of this book?
Replies: 7
Views: 3228

Re: Does anyone have a copy of this book?

I've just received some excellent news from Cardiff Central Library: they've got a copy of 'Self-propulsion...' by William Morgan Morris. A trip down to Cardiff beckons.

Thanks again drossall for your help. It is much appreciated.
by cavasta
28 May 2012, 8:33am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone have a copy of this book?
Replies: 7
Views: 3228

Re: Does anyone have a copy of this book?

No problem at all. You redeemed yourself by finding the first one :D (Although my heart did skip a beat when I saw "And for the second one, here.")
by cavasta
27 May 2012, 6:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone have a copy of this book?
Replies: 7
Views: 3228

Re: Does anyone have a copy of this book?

Thanks very much for that drossall. You're spot on with the first one (Ten Thousand Miles...). I found exactly what I was after. Namely, reference in the text to the second title - plus a couple of additional items of great interest and relevance. Unfortunately, the second link leads to a different ...
by cavasta
27 May 2012, 12:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone have a copy of this book?
Replies: 7
Views: 3228

Does anyone have a copy of this book?

This is a bit of a long shot but does anyone have a copy of this book? Ten Thousand Miles on a Bicycle by Karl Kron (aka Lyman Hotchkiss Bagg) It's an American book, written in the early-1880s. It's been reprinted several times since, the last being, as far as I know, in 2010. If anyone has a copy, ...
by cavasta
26 May 2012, 3:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: The perils of night riding - 1878 style
Replies: 7
Views: 4304

Re: The perils of night riding - 1878 style

Nor could you ever find a policeman when you wanted one. Different world indeed. Wait a minute...
by cavasta
26 May 2012, 10:03am
Forum: On the road
Topic: The perils of night riding - 1878 style
Replies: 7
Views: 4304

The perils of night riding - 1878 style

Recently I visited the National Cycle Archive at the University of Warwick to research a cycle manufacturing business my ancestors ran in the 19th century. While I was searching through an 1878 issue of the Bicycling Times, I came across this amusing letter: http://www.flickr.com/photos/72952135@N07...
by cavasta
7 Dec 2011, 6:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aluminium frame and workshop stand
Replies: 17
Views: 1670

Re: Aluminium frame and workshop stand

Yes - use a carbon assembly paste. it's a viscous liquid with very very small 'beads' in it. Get it on your fingers and it feels gummy and gritty. Squashed between two surfaces, the beads make it hard for them to slip - so you need less pressure to stop it moving - hence less torque on the seat pos...
by cavasta
6 Dec 2011, 8:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aluminium frame and workshop stand
Replies: 17
Views: 1670

Re: Aluminium frame and workshop stand

Thanks again for all the replies - all interesting, useful and appreciated.
by cavasta
6 Dec 2011, 8:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aluminium frame and workshop stand
Replies: 17
Views: 1670

Re: Aluminium frame and workshop stand

Thanks for all the replies - much appreciated. While we're on the subject of removing seatposts, what is the recommended type of anti-seize grease to use with an alu frame/carbon post? Will copperslip or a general purpose grease do, or is there one with a special compound I have to use?
by cavasta
5 Dec 2011, 8:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aluminium frame and workshop stand
Replies: 17
Views: 1670

Aluminium frame and workshop stand

I've got a Trek 2.3 road bike, which has an aluminium frame and carbon seat post. To minimise any accidental damage that may occur when tightening/attaching the bike to the clamp on a workshop stand, where's the best place to apply the clamp - seat post or frame? I seem to remember reading somewhere...
by cavasta
17 Nov 2011, 8:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: bike song
Replies: 20
Views: 1554

Re: bike song

UK bike songs? How about these gems for starters:
The Buff Medways - Medway Wheelers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOo7DepCd9w)
Pink Floyd - Bike (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4fpQV_dc4M)

Further suggestions welcome
by cavasta
18 Sep 2011, 8:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mont Ventoux - the easy way up?
Replies: 12
Views: 3452

Re: Mont Ventoux - the easy way up?

Well done Paul. Sorry to hear about Johnny Englander doing what he does best. Hope they didn't spoil your day or detract from your sense of achievement (relief?) at reaching the top. The pain will subside but the memories will remain. What's next? The Zoncolan? Angliru?